Thursday, October 10, 2019

I Like #134

Welcome to another week of things to like.  Overall this was a psychotically busy week and emotional week, but it was filled with good things.

1.  I loved being able to participate in my dear friend's funeral.  My friend Trish died a couple of weeks ago and it's been a rough time.  She was super involved in our church, a really central part of our community in addition to being someone I was close too.  And of course her family is grieving.  But the funeral was wonderful.  A beautiful service with all the liturgical features she would like and tons of music.  She was a professionally trained vocalist (which made it even sadder that she died from complicatiosn of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and hadn't been able to sing for several years), and music was always super important to her.  We had a lovely soloist, and a saxophone quartet to accompany the organ.  And we had a large full choir.  Every time I heard the harmonies of our whole group singing around me it filled me with joy and sadness and hope and faith.  Lots of crying, but it really felt like a good memorial for her.

2. I loved going to the Fiberworks opening and workshop!  I'll share some pictures from the opening next week, but this week I blogged about the pieces I painted/embellished at the juror's workshop with Betty Busby.  She's great and the workshop was fun.  Click over to see more of what we did in the class.  Here's a closeup of one of the pieces I was painting.

3.  I loved this exhibit of art by Liz Whitney Quisgard.  She had a solo at 108 Contemporary and her work is phenomenal.  I'd never seen anything like it.  She makes huge wall installations with tons of small pieces as well as individual pieces.  They're all made from brightly colored yarn and the way she combines the colors to generate the overall field is just amazing.  I was so glad to get to see it; my pictures do not do it justice.

This piece was about ten feet long

This piece was about 20 feet wide by 8 feet tall

4.  I love my dahlias!  I think we might be close to the end for them this year, it's cooling off, but I cut another bouquet to bring in the house.  

5.  Here's a weekly picture of Blue.  He was playing crazy ball, wherein I throw the ball about three times over the course of fifteen minutes and he spends the rest of the time running around, wriggling excitedly, and throwing the ball for himself.  I tried to get a video but was unsuccessful, so this picture of wriggling will have to suffice.  I always throw the ball once for Bentley-  it has to be really close and bounce loudly so he can hear and find it.  He gets really excited to play, but then grabs the ball and immediately runs inside with it, so the game is sort of over.

6.  I got a kick out of this giant snake monster Halloween blow up I saw in the neighborhood while walking the other day.  It was bright and colorful and very very weird.

I hope everyone had a great week!  For more things to like, head on over to LeeAnna's.


  1. Your workshop piece is intriguing... LOVE the art you showed us! Blue plays ball like Milo... fetch, then keep away chase me. We used to roll the ball on the ground for Cole-buddy so he could track it with his eyes. Your dahlias are the most beautiful. LeeAnna

  2. Hi Shannon! I love how 'playing ball' with both dogs is so different. One loud bounce, and Bentley is out while Blue entertains himself. So cute, and so is the photo of Blue with his red ball. I LOVE it. I'm so sorry about the loss of your friend, Trish. That's so hard but being involved with a remembrance service does seem to help a bit, don't you think? It reminds you to be thankful that you got to know her at all, even if it was shorter than you'd like. {{Hugs}} . ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. I'm so sorry that you lost your friend, Shannon, but glad that the service was uplifting for you. The art exhibit you went to looks just amazing! Are her pieces woven? Love your dahlias - they have really been beautiful this year!

  4. I'm sorry you lost your friend. I'm glad it was a comforting service. What neat wall art. Beetlejuice snake! Excellent!

  5. You seem to have gotten a lot from that workshop. Very interesting stuff. So glad you showed a closeup of the wool goodness I love it. Guess what I bought today....dahlia bulbs. I need some in my garden. They’ll sit in the cold room until spring.
    It also seems your friend’s send off was ideal in many ways.

  6. I am sorry for the loss of your friend. LOL The snake monster thingy from Nightmare Before Christmas is cool. Wow all the stuff you learned in class and the yarn and art is just amazing.

  7. You did come up with good things, even in the aftermath of the loss of your friend.

    I thought the snake thing was the sand snake from Beetlejuice. All good fun!

    One of the large pieces in the exhibit gave me an idea for the 25 million stitches project (a public engagement art installation about worldwide refugees). I may just join in!

  8. So sorry for the loss of your friend. I love the piece you painted and the others you showed! Dahlias were one of my favorite this year too! Have a better week. Hugs!

  9. I'm so sorry that you lost your friend Trish, but glad that the music at her funeral uplifted you! That snake is kinda creepy :)